Study Tips: NPTE Memorization

PT Blog   •   July, 2018

You’ve hit the books, taken the exams, and are now ready to pass the NPTE. We wanted to provide our list of last minute study items to memorize before taking the NPTE. Listed below, in no particular order, are a few key items that will be good to know when taking the NPTE:

  1. Values:
    • Lab values (CBCs, bleeding times, ABGs, etc…)
    • Blood pressure changes with exercise
  2. Musculoskeletal
    • Myotomes
  3. Pharmaceuticals:
    • Iontophoresis (Negative vs. Positive)
  4. Statistics
    • Research Tests (ANOVA, T test, etc…)
  5. Cardiovascular/Pulmonary:
    • ACT techniques
    • Phases of cardiac rehabilitation
  6. Neuromuscular
    • Reflexes (including corresponding nerves tested)
    • Dermatomes (including synergy patterns)
    •  SCI
      • Wheelchair Rx
      • Functional Limitations (with different levels of injury)
    • CVA
      • Lesion location manifestation (Right vs. Left sided & ACA vs. PCA vs. MCA)
      • Ranchos Los Amigos Scale
    • TBI:
      1. Lesion location manifestation (frontal vs. temporal regions, etc…)
  7. Pediatrics
    • Developmental milestones
    • Infant reflexes

Best of luck on rocking the NPTE and don’t forget to leave us your favorite memorization topics on social media. You can find us on Facebook or Twitter!

Review Question

How many minutes of spaced learning is optimal when studying?


10 minutes is optimal before taking a distraction break compared to 1 hour according to this study on spaced learning patterns.


About the Author:

Ashley Theobald, D.P.T. – Ashley was born and raised in a small town in Alabama. She attended the University of South Alabama and was an advanced undergraduate student completing her Bachelor of Science degree in pre-professional health sciences in 2012. She then graduated with her doctorate in physical therapy in 2014. During her first year of PT school she met and married her husband, Ben. They moved to Nashville, TN where she worked for 3 years in an outpatient clinic full time and at Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital PRN. She is now working for ATI Physical Therapy full-time in Greenville, SC. She has been an avid health and fitness fan playing softball growing up, tennis in high school, and completing 2 half-marathons in college. She enjoys traveling overseas and has completed 2 short-term medical mission trips for physical therapy in the Dominican Republic (2013) and Haiti (2015), with intentions of returning yearly.
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